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June 11-15th, 2024 (check-in June 10th)

University of North Texas

Instructors: Jeff Bradetich & Gudrun Raschen

Guest Artists: Nina Bernat

Excerpts Class Guest Artist: Eugene Levinson

The Bradetich Double Bass Master Classes, held at the University of North Texas, are one of the longest-running events of their kind in the U.S., offering a highly concentrated week of study for aspiring bassists. Participants, who come from four continents as well as all corners of the U.S., receive optimum individual and group instruction in every aspect of double bass playing. The classes include daily two-hour sessions dealing with technique, orchestral repertoire, interpretation of solo literature, and bass ensembles rehearsed throughout the week. All participants have the opportunity to perform with piano accompaniment during the solo classes. The master classes end with a grand finale concert featuring ensemble performances by the participants and various guest bassists. These unique master classes are open to well-qualified high school and college students, young professionals, string teachers, and amateur double bass enthusiasts who seek to rejuvenate their love and knowledge of the double bass. To apply, please fill out the application opening on January 29th. Applications will close on June 1st. Early registration fee is due by May 1st, 2024. More Information is available here

Creating new avenues for young bass players worldwide,
fostering their learning and passion for the bass.


June 12-15th, 2024 (check-in June 11th)

University of North Texas

Instructors: Carlos Gaviria, Jessica Valls, Bob Simmons 

The Beginners and Intermediate Bass Camp is designed for any aged beginner or intermediate player providing lots of playing and lots of fun. Students are challenged to expand their technical capabilities, develop their musical expression, and learn about the repertoire, history and maintenance of their instruments. In addition, students will be taught by some of the top teachers of young bassists in the country and perform together in a grand finale Bass Bash Concert. More Information is available here

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21st Annual Pirastro Strings
Virtual Elite Soloist Program
for Double Bass

May 22-31st, 2024

Application Deadline: April 8th

Application Fee: $50

Tuition: FREE

University of North Texas - Online

Instructors: Jeff Bradetich

with Guest Artist Teacher: Dominik Wagner

The 21st Annual Pirastro Strings Virtual Elite Soloists Program will accept only 5 participants to study with Jeff Bradetich in a virtual environment. Last summer’s virtual program brought students together from five continents. 


Special Guest: International Solo Artist Dominik Wagner, winner of the 2nd Bradetich Foundation International Double Bass Solo Competition. 


This program offers free tuition and the Pirastro company will supply participants with free strings of their choice. The schedule for this highly individualized program includes: Daily private lessons, solo master classes and a final virtual concert. This program is designed for aspiring young artists and professional orchestra players.  


To qualify, participants must have three major solo works ready for study and one for performance. 

Former participants currently perform in: Concertgebouw Orchestra of Amsterdam, Chicago Symphony, National Symphony, Detroit Symphony, Singapore Philharmonic, National Orchestra of Denmark and many others. 


To apply, fill out the application and upload a video of you performing 3 different solo works of your choosing by April 8th, 2024


Fees: Application Fee $50, Free Tuition, Virtual Program 

We thank our sponsors and donors!

Your support and generous contributions make a significant impact, enabling us to offer multiple scholarships for our programs. Without your help, these opportunities for aspiring individuals might not be possible. We deeply appreciate your commitment to making education and enrichment accessible to a wider audience. Thank you for being a crucial part of our mission and for helping us empower individuals through education and scholarship opportunities.

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